MASSENA - Local musical talent will join together on Oct. 25 to help out the Boys and Girls Club of Massena.
Organist James Phillips, vocalist Kathleen Baker and blues guitarist Bill Tracer Tracy will be performing during a benefit concert that begins at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Congregational Church, West Orvis Street, Massena.
With us wanting to have a facility for kids and the chief (Police Chief Timmy J. Currier, president of the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors) putting together his steering committee, I just felt like because of music and everybodys love of music, that brings a lot of people together, Mayor James F. Hidy said.
A concert featuring home-grown entertainment, combined with the need to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Massena, offered the perfect combination for a fundraiser, Mr. Hidy said.
We can kill two birds with one stone, he said.
The Rev. Judith Van Kennen offered her churchs space for the concert.
Judy was contacted and immediately said yes. All the money is going toward the Boys and Girls Club, Mr. Phillips said. Weve done two or three concerts here. Its a real good sounding room.
The chief and I cant thank these folks enough and Pastor Judy for allowing us to have the event here. It will probably be one of the premiere events in Massena, Mr. Hidy said.
The churchs acoustics will enhance the musical experience, he said. Prior to a May 2007 fire, Mr. Phillips said the church had wall-to-wall carpet. After its reconstruction, hardwood floors were put down, allowing the music to carry better.
My voice gets really big, Ms. Baker said.
Shell be performing 10 selections ranging from inspirational music to Whitney Houstons Greatest Love of All.
I really gave a lot of thought to the selections, Ms. Baker said.
She sings a song the way it was written. She sings with a lot of passion. When she sings it a song, its the way it should be sung. People have never heard anyone sing the way this lady sings, Mr. Phillips said.
Mr. Tracy was named one of the 10 finalists for Guitar Centers Blues Masters and performed July 27 in Los Angeles for legendary blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
Hes really doing his own compositions that are totally improvised. He plays right from the heart. What you hear that night, you will never hear again, Mr. Phillips said.
He said he will be performing mainly classical music during the concert, which is expected to last two hours with an intermission.
Ill play one of my original compositions. I havent played it in 31 years. It was originally performed in 1979 in Detroit, Mr. Phillips said.
No matter who the artist is, concert-goers will hear a passion in the music, he said.
When you come to the concert, youll be exposed to music like youve never been exposed before, he said.
Tickets are $15 and are on sale at Emmanuel Congregational Church, Phil and Jackies, SkinStitch, Seasons Specialties and Peets Jewelers. Only 250 tickets will be sold.
Theyre on sale now. Theyre very affordable, Mr. Phillips said.
A light reception will be held following the performance, with refreshments provided by Mimis Cookies and Emmanuel Congregational Church.
A pass the hat collection will be taken during the intermission and, for those unable to attend and who still want to make a donation, those can be sent to Mr. Currier, care of the Massena Police Department, with checks made out to the Boys and Girls Club of Massena.
Donations can also be made at the Boys and Girls Club of Massena website, http://bgcmassena.org.
Mr. Currier said theyre making progress toward establishing the club, which will be housed at the former St. Josephs Social Hall. Their goal is to have the doors open by May 2014.
Its progressing. Weve had a lot of administrative stuff that needed to be done. All that stuff is done now, he said.
Now, he said, their focus is on fundraising, which the concert will help with.
This is a perfect example of seeing talented people. Its an opportunity for the community to get involved, Mr. Currier said.